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Old men talking trails only young lovers loving and young fighters fighting as a rich source of dramatic material. In this short, sweet audiobook by French master Guy de Maupassant, listeners are taken to a summer evening where two old men recall their loving days of yesteryear. Performed by Walter Zimmerman with a sense of humor and rueful satisfaction, "Growing Old" is notable not only for its characters but also for its articulate revelations of love and loss. Says one old man to the other, "There are some faces whose charm enters into us suddenly, invades us at a single blow.... It is a frightful and delicious thing." So is this audiobook.
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Guy de Maupassant was a popular 19th-century French writer. He is considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. As a protégé of Flaubert, his short stories are characterized by their economy of style and their efficient effortless resolution. In Growing Old two middle-aged men discuss their feelings about aging which leads to one telling a heart rending story about young love and its unexpected aftermath.
(P)1986 Jimcin Recordings
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5 out of 5 stars
By Douglas on 18-01-14

In An Age Of...

Viagra, hair dye and face lifts, it might be difficult to appreciate this story if it is only read on the surface: looks fade over time. But beneath this surface message swims one more ominous: "life, it passes like a fleeing train." While in a day of better health care and physical fitness regimens, it might be hard to see a forty-five and fifty year old as "old men," we need only push the limit a few more years to understand the difference between going to the beach to seek out young women and going merely to passively recall the connection to youth and understand that life passes by us with each moment, although we rarely perceive it stealing away like a ghost.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Eric C. Zawadzki on 16-06-09


A brief but excellent exploration of how we measure our own aging by seeing others around us become old. Vivid and memorable without overstaying its welcome. Definitely worth a buck and twenty minutes of my time.

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